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DEI Academy



Tuesday, April 11, 2023
Signia by Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek
Orlando, Florida

Application Deadline is Monday, January 9, 2023, at 11:59 p.m. ET


Registration Fee for Selected Participants: $150
Seating is Limited

As part of its mission to provide academic programs with resources, strategies, and training needed to meet Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) goals, the Council of Academic Programs in Communication Sciences and Disorders (CAPCSD)  is offering a program to develop knowledge and skills related to DEI and specific to CSD to equip individuals to facilitate conversations within their programs as well as at other institutions. The training will be delivered via the newly developed CAPCSD DEI Academy.

The DEI Academy will be held from 7:00 a.m. – 6:15 p.m. on Tuesday, April 11, 2023, prior to the CAPCSD annual conference, at the Signia by Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek in Orlando, Florida. The DEI Academy will be moderated by DEI Academy Co-Chairs, Dr. Maya Clark and Dr. Jayne Brandel.

The academy will begin by providing participants with information as to why DEI should be infused into CSD education as well as evaluating biases (implicit and overt) and microaggressions that are present within CSD education. This will be followed by information to assist the learner in understanding the culture of their CSD program so that they can then lead the development of their program’s own Excellence Plan.

Topics Include

  • Examining internal and external barriers to change
  • Defining stereotypes, bias, and microaggressions in CSD education
  • Discussing strategies to mitigate bias and promote belonging
  • Identifying methods for determining readiness of the program to engage DEI
  • Connecting the program’s inclusive goals to the university’s strategic plan


  • Dr. Nidhi Mehendra, Ph.D., San Jose State University
  • Dr. Benjamin Munson, Ph.D., University of Minnesota - Twin Cities 
  • Dr. TaJuan Wilson, Ed.D., CDE, Managing Associate, Storbeck Search


  • Faculty from CAPCSD member programs are invited to apply (Affiliate members are not eligible).
  • Participation is limited to 50 faculty (maximum 2 per program) selected through a process to determine foundational knowledge in DEI and the capability to lead change related to DEI in their program.
  • The applicant must have an individual membership with CAPCSD offered at no cost. You can create a membership account, if you do not already have one, using your university mail.  Click here to join.

How to Apply

Complete the application and provide the requested information and responses.

  • Contact information
  • Upload a CV
  • Department Annual Budget
  • Number of academic faculty
  • Number of clinical faculty
  • My program/university offers diversity, equity, and inclusion training.
  • Did you attend your program/university diversity, equity, and inclusion training, and if so, what year?
  • I previously participated in formal diversity, equity, and inclusion leadership training outside my program/university. List the program and year.
  • Briefly describe your professional goals related to diversity, equity, and inclusion for the next 2-3 years.
  • Briefly tell us about a personal and/or professional experience, or one you observed, that helped you understand the importance of diversity, equity, and inclusion as a central issue.
  • Why is attending the CAPCSD DEI Academy important to you?
  • How would your program benefit from your participation in the CAPCSD DEI Academy?
  • Briefly tell us what you find challenging about facilitating diversity, equity, and inclusion discussions, training, or initiatives in your CSD program.
  • If you could learn only one thing at the CAPCSD DEI Academy to take back to your program, what would it be?


Application deadline: Monday, January 9, 2023, at 11:59 p.m. ET

All applicants will be notified with the results of their application by Monday, January 30, 2023.

Selected participants must confirm, register, and pay for the DEI Academy by Monday, February 6, 2023, or an alternate will be selected.


If you have any questions please contact Ned Campbell at


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